Russia-Ukraine war: Azovstal prisoners face tribunal in Donetsk; war crimes court sentences Russian soldier to life in prison a live
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:51:11 GMT
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Pro-Russian separatists announce steelworks fighters will be tried in tribunal; Vadim Shishimarin, 21, sentenced to life in prison for killing unarmed civilian

The RIA news agency reports that Russiaas defence ministry says its forces destroyed a Ukrainian unit of US-produced M777 howitzers, a type of artillery weapon.

The claim has not been independently verified.

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Ukrainian court sentences Russian soldier to life in prison for killing civilian
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:29:46 GMT
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Vadim Shishimarin shot dead Oleksandr Shelipov in village in late February

A court in Kyiv has sentenced a Russian soldier to life in prison for the killing of a Ukrainian civilian, in the first verdict in a trial related to war crimes carried out by the Russian army during its invasion of Ukraine.

Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old sergeant, was found guilty of killing 62-year-old Oleksandr Shelipov in Sumy region during the first days of the invasion.

The verdict was delivered on Monday by the judge, Serhii Ahafonov, at a packed courtroom, with dozens of Ukrainian and foreign television cameras crammed into the small room.

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Davos day one: Zelenskiy calls for maximum sanctions against Russia, and frozen Russian assets to fund reconstruction a business live
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:38:09 GMT
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Rolling coverage of the first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy will soon address the World Economic Forum by videolink.

The large, main Congress Hall here at Davos is packed out in readiness.

aThis used to be the Russian House in Davos. Now itas the Russian War Crimes House in Davos.a

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aWe had too much to do to be scareda: the couple who fled Irpin with 19 dogs
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 07:06:52 GMT
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Anastasiya Tikha and her husband, Arthur Lee, fought their way through bombs and gunfire to save the array of animals in their care

The image of a windswept young woman holding tight to the leads of nine dogs under an ominously dark sky spread far and wide at the time of the Battle of Kyiv.

The apparent bravery of the woman, who was attempting an audacious evacuation across a broken bridge targeted by Russian fire, and the vulnerability of the animals, some of whom were strapped into dog wheelchairs, epitomised to many the cruelty of the war being waged by Vladimir Putin and the dignity of the Ukrainian response.

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Sue Gray report: minister says aextraordinary pressurea on No 10 staff in pandemic helps explain Partygate a UK politics live
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:50:13 GMT
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Latest updates: Simon Clarke, chief secretary to Treasury, criticises Daily Mailas briefing against Sue Gray as she prepares to publish full report

Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnsonas former chief adviser who is now determined to be his nemesis, has posted about Partygate on his subscription-only Substack account this morning. Here are the key points.

I expect photos of the PM will emerge very quickly, within the next 24-48 hours. Any reasonable person looking at some of these photos will only be able to conclude that the PM obviously lied to the Commons, and possibly to the cops, and there is no reasonable story for how others were fined for event X but not him.

Some people told the police (but not Sue Gray, because they did not want the PM to read their evidence) that they had evidence regarding the organisation of illegal events from the flat. E.g apart from the acake ambusha there was a separate birthday party, uncovered by the media so far I think, that evening (which almost nobody knew about at the time, including me). There is a paper trail including WhatsApps from the flat. Sounds very bad for Boris/Carrie right? Surely that must be investigated? No! The police simply ignored it. Simple! PM cleared!

This process for checking lawfulness was particularly crucial in No10 because No10 itself was exempted from some regulations (e.g so it could be part of the mass testing pilot) so staff did not know exactly what rules applied internally from day to day. They werenat told aitas your job to keep tabs on all the rule changesa, they were told athe PPS has a process to ensure everything is lawfula. Obviously you knew *an actual party* (such as clearly happened in 2021) would be against the rules but many of the fines were for events that junior staff thought were a normal part of work and had been approved as lawful. Such officialsa view, reasonably, is: we were told X is lawful but now it turns out Martin [Reynolds, the PMas principal private secretary] didnat do his job and it wasnat and weare being fined, but if weare being fined, how come the PM who was there and appointed Martin, and unlike us was told BYOB was NOT within the rules, isnat fined?!a

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Half of UK MPsa staff have clinical levels of psychological distress, study finds
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:00:53 GMT
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Exclusive: Calls grow for culture change as aides say they are at abreaking pointa after years of crises

Half of all MPsa staff are suffering from clinical levels of psychological distress, according to a groundbreaking study that will hasten calls for culture change in Westminster.

Parliamentary aides said they were at abreaking pointa after years of crises, from Brexit to Covid, a lack of support from superiors and abuse from the public.

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US would defend Taiwan if attacked by China, says Joe Biden
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 09:57:00 GMT
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President says USas responsibility to protect island is aeven strongera after Russiaas invasion of Ukraine

Joe Biden has said the US would intervene militarily to defend Taiwan if it came under attack from China, in an unusually forceful presidential statement in support of self-governing that drew a defiant response from Beijing.

Speaking in Tokyo on the second day of his visit to Japan and against the backdrop of growing concern over Chinese military activity in the region, Biden said the USas responsibility to protect the self-ruled island a which China considers a renegade province a was aeven strongera after Russiaas invasion of Ukraine.

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Australiaas new PM flags adifficulta China ties as he heads to Tokyo for Quad meeting
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 04:17:36 GMT
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Ahead of meeting with Biden, Kishida and Modi in Tokyo, Anthony Albanese warned Australia would always stand up for its values against China

Anthony Albanese has flown to Tokyo to take part in the Quad leadersa meeting, just hours after being sworn in as the new Australian prime minister and warning that relations with China would remain adifficulta.

The Labor party defeated the Coalition government, led by Scott Morrison, on Saturday. It is not yet known whether the Labor party, which Albanese leads, will reach the 76-seat majority needed to govern in its own right.

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Costs for UK families with two children rises by APS400 a month
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:31:00 GMT
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Households experience faster inflation than official statistics indicate, analysis suggests

The cost of basic goods and services needed by the average two-child household in the UK has risen by APS400 a month, according to an analysis that suggests families are experiencing faster inflation than official figures indicate.

Costs for families with two children have risen by an annual rate of 13%, according to the research from Loughborough University, faster than the 9% rate of inflation found in official statistics a itself a 40-year high.

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Greece rebuts British Museum claim Parthenon marbles were aremoved from rubblea
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 04:00:07 GMT
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Museumas deputy director had told Unesco meeting contested treasures awere not all hackeda from Greek temple

The dispute over the Parthenon sculptures has deepened after Greece rejected a claim by the British Museum that much of the statuary, removed at the behest of Lord Elgin, was retrieved ain the rubblea around the monument.

The assertion, made at a Unesco meeting last week, added a new twist to the long-running cultural row and came only days after it emerged that the UK was willing to discuss Greeceas demand for the ancient carvings to be reunified with other treasures in Athens.

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Kim Jong-un buries mentor amid North Korea Covid crisis
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 05:26:40 GMT
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State media photos show Kim carrying Hyon Chol-haeas coffin and throwing earth into his grave as country battles afevera cases amid Covid outbreak

Kim Jong-un attended the funeral for a top North Korean official, state media reported on Monday, helping carry his coffin, as the country maintained the much-disputed claim that its coronavirus outbreak is subsiding.

The official Korean Central News Agency said Kim attended the funeral on Sunday of Hyon Chol-hae, a Korean Peopleas Army marshal who reportedly played a key role in grooming him as the countryas next leader before Kimas father, Kim Jong-il, died in late 2011.

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Reform cycle to work scheme so it can be used by lower-paid, Sunak urged
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 09:41:59 GMT
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Business and cycling groups say bike-buying scheme is often out of reach to those who need it most

Business and cycling groups have urged the government to reform its cycle to work scheme so it can be used by lower-paid and self-employed workers, arguing they are often the people who need it the most.

Introduced more than 20 years ago and since used by more than a million people, the scheme allows users to pay for a bicycle and accessories in instalments taken from their salary on a tax-free basis, thus saving them between 25% and 40%.

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Colin Cantwell, Star Wars designer behind the X-Wing and Death Star, dies aged 90
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 02:15:20 GMT
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The creator behind several iconic Star Wars ships also worked on 2001: A Space Odyssey and assisted in broadcasting the 1969 moon landing

Colin Cantwell, the man who designed the spacecraft in the Star Wars films, has died at the age of 90.

Sierra Dall, Cantwellas partner of more than two decades, confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter that he had died at his home in Colorado on Saturday.

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aPeople are under pressurea: the shop staff paying for strangersa groceries or turning a blind eye to theft
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 09:00:57 GMT
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As prices rocket, supermarket workers tell of customers unable to pay at the tills, fighting over discounts and aforgettinga to scan everything from fabric softener to baby food

Last week, during his shift overseeing the self-scan section of a large supermarket in London, James let a woman walk out with three multipacks of childrenas yoghurts. He had randomly checked her shopping and found that among the items she hadnat scanned and paid for were the yoghurts, as well as some pouches of baby food. He felt horrible, he says, to have quickly run through his own judgments of how aworthya he considered her to be a that she was young and had three children under five with her, that she was holding Healthy Start vouchers, which allow people on universal credit and other benefits to buy nutritious food, that the rest of her shopping was healthy with no junk food or alcohol, and that she was really embarrassed and upset. aI couldnat bring myself to take these four or five items off her so I let it go,a he says. aIt wasnat a huge loss to the company. It wasnat like they were luxury items. I just said: aDonat worry, but next time someone else might not let it slide.aa He knows he could have been sacked for it. aIad just have to feign ignorance or stupidity if I got caught.a

At another supermarket, in a town across the country, Alexander watched as a young couple found they couldnat pay for their shopping at a checkout close to his. They had spent more than APS100, paid for some of it in cash, and tried to put the rest on a credit card a not unusual, he says, but the card was declined. aFor the next half an hour, they took over the checkout, which we had to close, and somebody had to stand with them while they were making phone calls, presumably to locate some money or fix a problem with the card,a he says. The woman, who was pregnant, was getting more and more distressed and broke down in tears. aIt was sad to see. If a credit card doesnat work, most people have another card, but clearly they had no means of paying.a Eventually they left without half of their shopping.

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aI feel totally seena: John Crace on how guided breathing soothed a lifetime of anxiety
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 09:00:58 GMT
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After 65 anxious years, trying every conceivable treatment and therapy available, just one session of breathwork was all that was needed to calm a troubled mind

Iad agreed to go along to a breathing workshop thinking no more than it couldnat do any harm and that it might make for a fun article. I left with the possibility that I had found a missing piece of the jigsaw. Something that might just make my depression and anxiety bearable. Shame it had taken me 65 years to get there.

Even now, several days later, I am struggling to understand quite what happened to me. All I can do is offer up my best impressions based on what I remember, as well as on what I donat, as thankfully I left my audio recorder running throughout the session. Together they may approximate to what for me was a remarkable truth.

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Elizabeth line: Crossrail complete after decades of struggle a a photo essay
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 09:40:33 GMT
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After years of knockbacks and fights over funding, this amazing feat of engineering is ready to open

Almost four decades elapsed between the first official proposals for an east-west aCrossraila line under London, and the start of construction works for what would eventually become the Elizabeth line. After the knockbacks and political fights over who should pay for such an ambitious scheme, the actual physical work a above and below ground a would take only a relatively short 13 years.

The feats of engineering required quickly grabbed public imagination a mainly positively. The first official building work was in May 2009, when piles were driven into the ground at Canary Wharf, and excavation started for one of the first huge box-stations. Less popular was the demolition of the Astoria music venue in the heart of the West End, as Tottenham Court Road was cleared for redevelopment.

Construction workers on the early Crossrail construction site at Tottenham Court Road tube station 27 October 2009.

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aNone of it has felt insurmountablea: Amanda Abbington on Sherlock, divorce and her fiancA(c)as nightmare fall
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 05:00:08 GMT
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After her show-stealing turn in the Steven Moffat drama, the actor is returning to comedy with his play The Unfriend. She talks about why funny women intimidate men, her daredevil partner a and coping with the accident that befell him

Amanda Abbington is a great believer in good manners. She and her ex-partner Martin Freeman instilled the importance of Ps and Qs in their two children from the word go. aWe are so militant about it,a she says. aManners cost nothing, as my grandmother used to say, and I think itas true.a Even so, she is able to see the absurdity of British politeness at times, certainly when it is taken to extremes as it is in The Unfriend, Steven Moffatas new play, in which she stars opposite Frances Barber and Reece Shearsmith.

The Unfriend, which is directed by Mark Gatiss, follows a couple who are adying of mannersa, as Abbingtonas character Debbie puts it, after an American house guest turns out to be a potential maniac. The play is an indictment of British social mores, wrapped up in rollicking farce. aWeare not very good at saying, aThatas enough now,aa adds Abbington. aWe tend to let people overstay their welcome. Iam like that, too.a

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How we met: aMy dad was a docker and her parents were very middle class. People gave us three weeksa
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:00:52 GMT
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Alan and Janet, both 65, met at sixth form in 1974. They live in Colchester with their two dogs

As a teenager, Alan was the first to admit he didnat know anything about girls. But after many years at a same-sex school in Chingford, in 1974 he went to sixth form, where they had mixed classes. When he arrived at his history class, the teacher sat him next to twin girls. aOne of them was Janet,a he says. aShe turned around and gave me a great big smile and I was smitten straight away.a

Although Janet thought him avery interesting and knowledgeablea, she also found him irritating because ahe butted in all the timea. They got to know each other better when they starred in a performance of The Mikado together. aI was playing Yum-Yum and Alan was playing Ko-Ko,a says Janet. aHe was talented and he had a beautiful voice. He was also very friendly and kind to other people doing the show.a

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The people making a difference: the man who made blokes strip off and feel good about themselves
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 11:00:33 GMT
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Paul Goddard wanted to help apretty averagea men realise they can be sexy, so put together a adad boda calendar. Now itas his turn for a treat

Paul Goddard was susceptible to peer pressure growing up. aTo try and fit in Iad commit crimes with the other guys who were older than me,a he says. aShoplifting, stealing cars. I was a bit of a turd, to be honest.a He grew up in Newton Heath, Manchester, a post-industrial community that ranks highly in the nationwide index for deprivation. aI didnat have much choice,a Goddard says. aCommit crime to be one of the boys, or sit alone in my room all day?a

Goddard, who is now 39 and works in promotions and marketing in Manchester, struggled with his mental health throughout his teens. His father wasnat around and he lacked a male role model. aThere was this demon inside me,a he says. aI hated the world. No one was there for me. It made me into a pretty bad person for a while.a

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Maldives plan to reclaim land for tourism could achoke the ecosystema
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 06:30:09 GMT
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Vulnerable island nation split over project to dredge millions of tonnes of sand to create land for resorts and industry at Addu Atoll, made a Unesco reserve for its seagrass and mangroves

A controversial project to reclaim land on an atoll threatened by rising sea levels has been announced in the Maldives, with hopes that it may boost tourism balanced against fears that it could achoke the ecosystema.

The low-lying island nation, one of the worldas most vulnerable to climate change, has commissioned a major shore protection and land reclamation scheme using sand dredged from a lagoon, despite concerns about the impact on this Unesco biosphere reserve.

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A new start after 60: aI took up skating and found my peaceful place in the worlda
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 06:00:11 GMT
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Maurice Newman, 77, began inline skating on his 60th birthday. Since then his passion has taken him from Kent to Berlin, Vietnam, and Myanmar, where he was born

On his 60th birthday, Maurice Newman caught the train from his home in Kent to London and bought himself a pair of inline skates. He wanted aa new challenge a something that would not cost too much and be a good all-body workouta.

He was not fazed by the wheels beneath his boots a he had previously ice skated, and besides he has a high risk threshold a so he headed straight for Hyde Park. At 8pm, the park thickened with skaters, and Newman was swept along on an eight-mile street skate. aI only just survived it,a he says. aI was so tired when I walked back to Victoria station.a Ever since, he has regarded his skates as aa passporta.

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My sister was killed for being an MP a still, violent threats are seen as agoing with the joba | Kim Leadbeater
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:00:53 GMT
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Now an MP myself, I see politicians and their staff who every day are subjected to an avalanche of hatred and intimidation

A year ago today the Labour party in Batley and Spen selected me to be its candidate in the byelection for my sister Jo Coxas former constituency. Whether or not to stand was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made. There was a lot of discussion with my family and those closest to me. My sister had been murdered so we had to ask ourselves the question a would I be safe?

I decided to run because I wanted the best for the people who I live near, shop alongside, play sports with and whom Iave worked with since Joas death to keep our community strong and united. I would never have asked for their trust at the ballot box if I thought that winning would cut me off behind a wall of security. Since I won Iave managed to stay accessible while taking all the advice the police and parliamentary security team have offered me.

Kim Leadbeater is the Labour MP for Batley and Spen. Dispatches: MPs Under Threat airs at 7.30pm on Monday 23 May on Channel 4

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My teacher said Iad more likely be dead by 25 than a footballer. What if I had listened? | Troy Deeney
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 06:00:11 GMT
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Imagine how children would flourish if they learned about Black achievements instead of oppression

  • Troy Deeney is captain of Birmingham FC and an anti-racism campaigner

There werenat many expectations of me when I was at school. Nobody I knew went to university so that wasnat something I even thought about. Where I grew up, the choices seemed to be: deal drugs, work for the nearby car plant or somehow use sport as a way out a although I was also told by one teacher I was more likely to be dead by 25 than be a professional footballer. When the expectations are that low, and youare told for so many years ayou canata, you start to believe it. And then when I was 15 I was excluded from school, leaving without any GCSEs, just another of the disproportionately high number of mixed race and Black Caribbean boys to be removed from school.

I did become a professional footballer, joining a non-league side when I was working as a bricklayer and eventually joining Watford in 2010, and Iave seen the power of using my platform and making a stand when my colleagues and I took the knee in the wake of the murder of George Floyd to support Black Lives Matter. Football was my way out, but I also wonder what I could have done if Iad been encouraged to engage at school and seen myself reflected in what I was learning a and how life might have been different for all the other kids who didnat have football.

Troy Deeney is captain of Birmingham FC and an anti-racism campaigner. Troy Deeney: Whereas My History? is at 10pm on 23 May on Channel 4

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Too many have suffered under Ghanaas abortion laws. Ending Roe v Wade risks our hope for change | Bisi Adjapon
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 05:30:08 GMT
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In a country where stigma, poverty and religious beliefs compound anti-abortion laws, a rollback on US rights will only embolden extremists

No one knew shead had multiple abortions. Not even me, a lifelong friend. aI canat even count how many times I had to do it. He wouldnat let me use contraception and he wouldnat wear anything.a Sitting opposite her at a restaurant, I felt deep anguish. This was a prominent Ghanaian official.

She told me how my novel, The Teller of Secrets, had stirred memories she had tried to suppress. It was not the only shame-filled confession triggered by the book. An award-winning Ghanaian film-maker messaged me to share harrowing accounts of a Muslim womanas abortions she couldnat make public. Literary friends of mine have confided similar pain. Almost every African woman I know, mid-30s and above, has had an abortion or two, or more.

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Donat believe those who say ending Roe v Wade will leave society largely intact | Laurence H Tribe
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:14:53 GMT
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If the high court adopts Alitoas draft opinion, it will be a legal tidal wave that sweeps away a swath of rights unlike anything America has ever seen

Now that the dust has begun to settle after the initial explosive news that the US supreme court is poised to overrule the right to abortion and that Justice Samuel Alitoas draft opinion in Dobbs v Jackson Womenas Health Organization represents what a majority of the court initially voted to do, among the most revealing ways to understand the devastation the court appears ready to wreak on Americaas long march toward aliberty and justice for alla is to examine the kinds of arguments being made in the opinionas defense.

The argument that such a ruling would simply return a divisive issue to the people had long since been widely dismantled. It certainly wouldnat be returned to the people most profoundly affected once women were told they may have to remain pregnant despite whatever urgent reasons they might have for seeking a safe and legal abortion. It couldnat be described as returning the abortion issue to the states, now that the possibility of a nationwide ban that the supreme court might uphold is on the horizon. And to the extent the issue is returned to the states, it would be returned to state legislatures so gerrymandered that they often represent the views of a distinct minority of the people anyway.

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We must stop letting Russia define the terms of the Ukraine crisis | Slavoj A1/2iA3/4ek
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:22:53 GMT
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A question like aDid US intelligence-sharing with Ukraine cross a line?a forgets the fact that it was Russia that crossed the line a by invading Ukraine

In recent weeks, the western public has been obsessed with the question aWhat goes on in Putinas mind?a Western pundits wonder: do the people around him tell him the whole truth? Is he ill or going insane? Are we pushing him into a corner where he will see no other way out to save face than to accelerate the conflict into a total war?

We should stop this obsession with the red line, this endless search for the right balance between support for Ukraine and avoiding total war. The ared linea is not an objective fact: Putin himself is redrawing it all the time, and we contribute to his redrawing with our reactions to Russiaas activities. A question like aDid US intelligence-sharing with Ukraine cross a line?a makes us obliterate the basic fact: it was Russia itself which crossed the line, by attacking Ukraine. So instead of perceiving ourselves as a group which just reacts to Putin as an impenetrable evil genius, we should turn the gaze back at ourselves: what do we a the afree westa a want in this affair?

Slavoj Zizek is a cultural philosopher. Heas a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University, and international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities of the University of London

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Having a baby has been a tornado through my life a I see why new parents dream of communes | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 08:00:45 GMT
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In the west, why has raising children become the business of individuals, who must pay for extortionate childcare?

The nuclear family is ill suited to effective child-rearing. This should be news to no one. Yet when my mum said it, having taken the baby from me so that I could a finally a shower off myriad effluences, I felt it in my bones. Even though my husband has been at home on shared parental leave and has been doing all the cooking and laundry, and half the feeding (a luxury few can afford), I calculate that each newborn needs at least three, possibly four, adults to bring things up to a level beyond ajust about copinga.

And yet the situation if youare in a heterosexual pairing is that, after two weeks, most men go back to work and their partners are home alone with a baby in an endless cycle of feeding, sleeping and defecating, trying to time it so that they can actually exit the house and see another human being before the next circle of hell begins.

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett is a Guardian columnist

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Americaas billionaire class is funding anti-democratic forces | Robert Reich
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:16:53 GMT
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Billionaire donors are pushing an unsettling agenda for America a backing Trumpas lie that the 2020 election was stolen, calling for restrictions on voting and even questioning the value of democracy itself

Decades ago, Americaas monied interests bankrolled a Republican establishment that believed in fiscal conservatism, anti-communism and constitutional democracy.

Todayas billionaire class is pushing a radically anti-democratic agenda for America a backing Trumpas lie that the 2020 election was stolen, calling for restrictions on voting and even questioning the value of democracy.

The 1920s were the last decade in American history during which one could be genuinely optimistic about politics. Since 1920, the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women a two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians a have rendered the notion of acapitalist democracya into an oxymoron.

Robert Reich, a former US secretary of labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few and The Common Good. His new book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, is out now. He is a Guardian US columnist. His newsletter is at robertreich.substack.com

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Is it really true? Surely there is a false dawn! Are they really gone? Prime minister Albo! | First Dog on the Moon
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 07:16:53 GMT
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Actually they are called the Greals a|

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Premier League 2021-22 review: flops of the season
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 11:00:33 GMT
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We select a few contenders for the Premier Leagueas flop of the season a and invite you to have your say

It is difficult writing lists that point out individual failings, so it is quite pleasing how bad Manchester United have been across the board. On the player front Fred, Cristiano Ronaldo and David de Gea escape with their reputations relatively intact. The summer recruits Jadon Sancho and RaphaA< Continue reading...

Player ratings for Manchester Cityas Premier League title winners
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 07:00:10 GMT
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Two of Pep Guardiolaas squad are awarded 10 out of 10 for their contributions to the clubas fourth title in five seasons

Does he ever commit an error that costs points? The Brazilian has been beaten only 26 times, two fewer than last term. This is credit, too, to the rest of the rearguard and the attacking players: the 83 goals scored in 2020-21 has been eclipsed with 99. 9

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French Open 2022: Anisimova knocks out Osaka, Swiatek in action a live!
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:50:21 GMT
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Anisimova starts with an ace, then Osaka can only hit the net cord. Itas 30-0. Deep breaths, and then a crashing winner for three match points. The first sees Osaka tee up a smash Anisimova doesnat complete. Then she crashes into the net. Roars of encouragement on the next point, and with a backhand, the four-time grand slam winner is out. Osaka was rusty, and came up against a talented opponent playing high-quality tennis.

Osaka double faults again, to let Anisimova back into the game, but then the New Jersey girl makes a mess of a chance to hit a winner. She must now serve out the set. Both players look very nervy. 5-4 in the second set, Anisimova leads 1-0.

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Mercedes are back in F1 title fight, declares upbeat Wolff after car upgrades
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:52:13 GMT
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  • Russell third and Hamilton fifth to delight team principal
  • Porpoising problem looked to be resolved in Spanish GP

Lewis Hamiltonas performance at the Spanish Grand Prix has given Mercedes belief that they can join the Formula One world championship fight this season. The team principal, Toto Wolff, heralded Hamiltonas charge from 19th to a fifth-place finish as indicative that they finally have a car poised to join Red Bull and Ferrari at the front of the grid and a tilt at the title.

Max Verstappen won for Red Bull in Barcelona and has taken a six-point lead in the title race after Ferrarias Charles Leclerc failed to finish due to a power unit failure. Behind him however this was by a country mile the best performance Mercedes have returned all season.

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Liverpool sign FA!bio Carvalho from Fulham for APS5m plus add-ons
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 09:06:33 GMT
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  • Nineteen-year-old attacking midfielder will arrive on 1 July
  • Fee could rise to APS7.7m and Fulham have 20% sell-on clause

Liverpool have confirmed Fulhamas attacking midfielder FA!bio Carvalho will join them on 1 July. The 19-year-old is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Anfield club and will cost APS5m plus add-ons.

JA1/4rgen Klopp wanted to sign the Portugal Under-21 international in January but, despite agreeing personal terms and the player completing a medical, the deal did not get over the line on deadline day.

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Kylian MbappA(c) saga shows footballas power lies with players, not clubs | Sean Ingle
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 07:00:11 GMT
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MbappA(c) staying in Paris has angered Real Madrid and La Liga but PSG argue the eye-watering numbers add up in their favour

So whose side are you on in the fallout following Kylian MbappA(c)as decision to stay with Paris Saint-Germain? Watching the extraordinary outrage in Spain, with the press accusing the Frenchman of lacking class and La Liga branding the deal as ascandalousa, has raised eyebrows. But not as many as PSG being able to stump up a a!200m-plus package for the worldas best player a despite making a a!224m loss last year.

There are no good guys here, only a gnawing unease that the laws of economic gravity are being defied to the further detriment of the game we love. As La Liga put it in an unprecedented attack, the transfer showed that state-owned clubs, such as the Qatar-run PSG, ado not respect and do not want to respect the rules of a sector as important as footballa and that asporting integritya was at stake.

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Millions of dollars are flowing into US cricket. But is there a market for the sport?
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 09:00:57 GMT
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America is the largest sports market in the world. But can cricket really establish a foothold where others have failed?

Whenever the subject of cricket in the United States comes up, the same old questions are asked.

From the unlikely scenario of American kids swapping their NFL football for a cricket bat, to quizzical looks about the financial viability of the game in North America, skeptical eyebrows are usually raised.

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Inaction on gambling addiction will bring more grief, says bereaved mother
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 05:00:09 GMT
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Exclusive: government response to gambling deaths is amore of same system that killed Jacka, say parents of Jack Ritchie

The mother of a young man who killed himself after becoming addicted to gambling says more parents will grieve like her and her husband because the government is not doing enough to take on the industry.

Jack Ritchie took his own life aged 24 having become addicted to gambling in sixth form.

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Royal Mint issues APS5 coin to mark Prince Williamas 40th birthday
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:11:23 GMT
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It is first time second in line to throne has appeared alone on an official coin

An engraving of the Duke of Cambridge, firm of gaze and strong of jaw, will appear on a new APS5 coin struck by the Royal Mint to mark his 40th birthday.

The design, unveiled ahead of his milestone on 21 June, also incorporates his royal cypher featuring the letter W and the number 40, created by designer and engraver Thomas T Docherty.

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Challenge Anneka to be revived by Channel 5 after nearly 30 years
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 09:27:32 GMT
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Anneka Rice, who was helicoptered in to complete a good cause on original show, says series will challenge stereotypes of older women on TV

Anneka Rice is to dust off her jumpsuit and relaunch Challenge Anneka, a reality TV hit from nearly 30 years ago involving her flying into an area to complete a good cause against the clock.

Announcing a remake of the programme for Channel 5, Rice said: aThere will always be a room for challenge on television, because itas about kindness, itas about community, itas about the power of the collective. As humans we are totally hardwired to be altruistic.a

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Peter the Great statue, Vladimir Putinas gift to Londoners, damaged in attempted robbery
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 07:00:11 GMT
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Russian embassy may be asked to pick up bill to repair tribute to Russian presidentas hero, gifted during 2003 visit

A statue of Peter the Great in Deptford, south London, that Vladimir Putinas government gifted to the UK has been damaged in an attempted robbery, leaving a diplomatically awkward repair bill of thousands of pounds.

Millennium Quay, the owners of the Thames-side housing estatethat surrounds the statue, suggested the Russian embassy could pick up the tab. The embassy has not responded to requests for comment.

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Overhaul of childrenas social care in England urgent and unavoidable, review finds
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 05:00:08 GMT
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Root-and-branch review calls for five-year, APS2.6bn programme to reform a system that is under aextreme stressa

An urgent multibillion-pound overhaul of childrenas social care in England is needed to transform the life chances of thousands of vulnerable young people and reform a system that is spiralling out of control, a government-commissioned review has concluded.

The author of the report, Josh MacAlister, said failure to tackle major problems in childrenas services would lead to record numbers of youngsters entering care within a decade, at huge cost to families and the taxpayer.

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B&Q owner Kingfisher amanaging inflationa as DIY demand continues
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 08:31:05 GMT
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Retailer launches APS300m share buyback as it retains most of sales increase during Covid pandemic

B&Q owner Kingfisher has said it is managing inflationary pressures amid aresilient demanda for DIY despite the cost of living crisis in the UK and other markets.

The retailer, whose other UK brand is the hardware trade supplier Screwfix, said sales had remained at elevated levels seen during the coronavirus pandemic, and that it was confident enough about its outlook to launch a APS300m share buyback.

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Climate sceptic thinktank reported to charity commission over fossil fuel interest funding
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 05:00:08 GMT
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Global Warming Policy Foundation is lobby group not charity and brings no public good, say signatories

The Global Warming Policy Foundation, a climate sceptic thinktank, has been reported to the Charity Commission by the Green MP Caroline Lucas and Extinction Rebellion.

The move comes after the Guardian revealed that the group received funding from fossil fuel interests.

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Nurse at Birmingham hospital held on suspicion of poisoning after death of child
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 07:10:22 GMT
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West Midlands police arrest woman, 27, after sudden death of infant at Birmingham childrenas hospital

A nurse at Birmingham childrenas hospital has been arrested on suspicion of administering poison after the death of an infant last Thursday.

West Midlands police said the 27-year-woman was later released while investigations continued.

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How a parents-first approach to child services in north-west England is getting results
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 05:00:09 GMT
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New Beginnings gives social workers the time to develop relationships with the families they help

Almost a year ago, Clare Western wrote a letter to her two teenage children. She opened up about her regrets and how she should have listened when they urged her to leave an abusive ex-partner.

It was a amonumental momenta, she said. aThey both broke down and hugged me. Our relationships now have moved forward and evolved and got to the point where we can move on.a

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Canada storms: at least eight dead amid trail of destruction
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 03:06:41 GMT
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Huge clean-up after Ontario and Quebec hit by tornado-like weather, felling trees, uprooting utility poles and cutting power to more than 500,000

The death toll from powerful thunderstorms in Canadaas two most populous provinces has risen to at least eight, authorities said on Sunday, as emergency crews continued a massive clean-up to restore power to half a million people.

The storms, which lasted more than two hours Saturday afternoon and packed the power of a tornado, left a trail of destruction in parts of Ontario and Quebec. Wind gusts as strong as 132kmh (82mph) felled trees, uprooted electric poles and toppled many metal transmission towers, utility companies said.

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Hepatitis cases rising among children globally but cause remains a mystery
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 06:00:10 GMT
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Researchers are investigating possible links to Covid-19, which has already been shown to cause liver problems in some patients

A dangerous and mysterious illness continues to spread among children, and so do questions over whatas causing it, including possible links to Covid-19. But itas too soon to tell what is behind the cases, experts say.

More than 600 cases of hepatitis with no known cause have been identified around the globe since October 2021, and many of the cases are in previously healthy children now stricken with severe illness.

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Iran will aavengea killing of Revolutionary Guards colonel, says president
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 08:27:38 GMT
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Guards say arrests linked to Israel made after shooting of Hassan Sayad Khodayari outside his home

Iran will avenge the killing of a Revolutionary Guards colonel who was shot dead in Tehran, President Ebrahim Raisi has said.

Col Hassan Sayad Khodayari was killed on Sunday outside his home by assailants on motorcycles. Iran blamed aelements linked to the global arrogancea, its term for the US and its allies including Israel.

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Pakistan town blames deadly cholera outbreak on government neglect
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 06:00:10 GMT
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Residents of Pir Koh say poor water provision and a dirty water tank led to 26 deaths, the majority among children under seven

Two weeks ago, Ruqiyya Bibi fell sick. The two-year-old was vomiting constantly; her father, Mohammed Iqbal, took her to a basic health unit in Pir Koh, a impoverished town with a population of 40,000 in the mountains of Balochistan, south-western Pakistan.

Iqbal was told at first that his daughter had malaria but when treatment did not help, he took her to another doctor who said she had a blood condition.

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Man shot and killed on New York subway in latest aunprovokeda attack
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 08:45:12 GMT
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Police investigate death of Daniel Enriquez on busy train on Sunday morning

An unidentified man shot and killed a passenger on a subway train in New York in what police officials said appeared to be an unprovoked attack.

The incident happened on a Q train travelling over Manhattan Bridge at about 11.40am on Sunday, a time when the subway is often filled with families, tourists and people heading to brunch.

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Capitol attack panel to hold six public hearings as it aims to show how Trump broke law
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 06:00:11 GMT
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Panel aims to publicly outline the potentially unlawful schemes that tried to keep the former president in office despite his defeat

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol is expected to stage six public hearings in June on how Donald Trump and some allies broke the law as they sought to overturn the 2020 election results, according to sources familiar with the inquiry.

The hearings are set to be a pivotal political moment for the country as the panel aims to publicly outline the potentially unlawful schemes that tried to keep the former president in office despite his defeat at the hands of Joe Biden.

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US economy is on a downhill slide. But Republicans canat fix it, Biden warns
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 07:00:11 GMT
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The president says frustrated Americans ahave a choice between two pathsa but that the GOP is not focused on fighting inflation

On a recent visit to a family farm in rural Illinois, thousands of miles away from the front lines of the grinding war in Ukraine, Joe Biden lashed out at his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, blaming him for destabalizing global food supplies and driving up the cost of groceries at home.

Russiaas assault on Ukraine, Biden explained after a tour of the farmas fields and grain bins, has dramatically reduced food exports from the warring nations that together supply more than a quarter of the worldas wheat, causing food prices to spiral.

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Tiny Texas community shaken by arrest of official over cattle rustling
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 07:22:12 GMT
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Loving county judge and top official, Skeet Lee Jones, 71, is alleged to have taken stray cattle and sold them

A senior county official in west Texas has been arrested over cattle rustling in a case that has stirred up anger in the tiny community of Loving.

Skeet Lee Jones, 71, a judge and chief elected official in the county, faces three counts of theft of livestock worth less than $150,000 and one of engaging in organised criminal activity after his arrest on Friday, the sheriff of neighbouring Winkler county, Darin Mitchell, said on Sunday.

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MA(c)decins Sans FrontiA"res pulls images of teenage rape survivor after outcry
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 06:00:09 GMT
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NGO takes down photos of girl, 16, from DRC from website after critics call them unethical and racist

MA(c)decins Sans FrontiA"res has removed photographs of a teenage rape survivor from its website after criticism that the images were unethical and racist.

MSF took down two photos of a 16-year-old girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who was gang-raped by three armed men afterphotographers, activists and human rights lawyers condemned the images on Twitter.

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A travesty in Turkey: the Gezi Park trials | podcast
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 02:00:04 GMT
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Eight human rights activists have been given long prison sentences for anti-government protests in Turkey. Sami Kent reports

A prominent philanthropist and seven other human rights activists have been found guilty in a Turkish court of charges related to the Gezi Park protests in 2013 and the failed coup attempt in 2016.

Sami Kent tells Michael Safi that laws intended to prosecute people charged with violently overthrowing the Turkish state have been used to criminalise non-violent protesters who opposed the government.

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Russia-Ukraine war: Azovstal prisoners face tribunal in Donetsk; war crimes court sentences Russian soldier to life in prison a live
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:51:11 GMT
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Pro-Russian separatists announce steelworks fighters will be tried in tribunal; Vadim Shishimarin, 21, sentenced to life in prison for killing unarmed civilian

The RIA news agency reports that Russiaas defence ministry says its forces destroyed a Ukrainian unit of US-produced M777 howitzers, a type of artillery weapon.

The claim has not been independently verified.

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Ukrainian court sentences Russian soldier to life in prison for killing civilian
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:29:46 GMT
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Vadim Shishimarin shot dead Oleksandr Shelipov in village in late February

A court in Kyiv has sentenced a Russian soldier to life in prison for the killing of a Ukrainian civilian, in the first verdict in a trial related to war crimes carried out by the Russian army during its invasion of Ukraine.

Vadim Shishimarin, a 21-year-old sergeant, was found guilty of killing 62-year-old Oleksandr Shelipov in Sumy region during the first days of the invasion.

The verdict was delivered on Monday by the judge, Serhii Ahafonov, at a packed courtroom, with dozens of Ukrainian and foreign television cameras crammed into the small room.

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aWe had too much to do to be scareda: the couple who fled Irpin with 19 dogs
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 07:06:52 GMT
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Anastasiya Tikha and her husband, Arthur Lee, fought their way through bombs and gunfire to save the array of animals in their care

The image of a windswept young woman holding tight to the leads of nine dogs under an ominously dark sky spread far and wide at the time of the Battle of Kyiv.

The apparent bravery of the woman, who was attempting an audacious evacuation across a broken bridge targeted by Russian fire, and the vulnerability of the animals, some of whom were strapped into dog wheelchairs, epitomised to many the cruelty of the war being waged by Vladimir Putin and the dignity of the Ukrainian response.

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US would defend Taiwan if attacked by China, says Joe Biden
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 09:57:00 GMT
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President says USas responsibility to protect island is aeven strongera after Russiaas invasion of Ukraine

Joe Biden has said the US would intervene militarily to defend Taiwan if it came under attack from China, in an unusually forceful presidential statement in support of self-governing that drew a defiant response from Beijing.

Speaking in Tokyo on the second day of his visit to Japan and against the backdrop of growing concern over Chinese military activity in the region, Biden said the USas responsibility to protect the self-ruled island a which China considers a renegade province a was aeven strongera after Russiaas invasion of Ukraine.

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Progressive v anti-abortion Democrat: Texas faces pivotal primary runoff
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 06:00:11 GMT
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The race between Henry Cuellar and Jessica Cisneros for Congress will answer a key question: is the aDemocratic machinea still strong or can progressives win?

Two nearly identical text boxes appear on the respective campaign websites for Henry Cuellar and Jessica Cisneros, the Democrats locked in a heated primary runoff to represent south Texas in Congress.

Cuellaras text box warns voters that Cisneros awould defund the police and border patrola, which awould make us less safe and wreck our local economya. Cisneros, in turn, blasts Cuellar for opposing awomenas right to choosea amid a nationwide crackdown on reproductive care.

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Capitol attack panel to hold six public hearings as it aims to show how Trump broke law
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 06:00:11 GMT
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Panel aims to publicly outline the potentially unlawful schemes that tried to keep the former president in office despite his defeat

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol is expected to stage six public hearings in June on how Donald Trump and some allies broke the law as they sought to overturn the 2020 election results, according to sources familiar with the inquiry.

The hearings are set to be a pivotal political moment for the country as the panel aims to publicly outline the potentially unlawful schemes that tried to keep the former president in office despite his defeat at the hands of Joe Biden.

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Man shot and killed on New York subway in latest aunprovokeda attack
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 08:45:12 GMT
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Police investigate death of Daniel Enriquez on busy train on Sunday morning

An unidentified man shot and killed a passenger on a subway train in New York in what police officials said appeared to be an unprovoked attack.

The incident happened on a Q train travelling over Manhattan Bridge at about 11.40am on Sunday, a time when the subway is often filled with families, tourists and people heading to brunch.

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Iran will aavengea killing of Revolutionary Guards colonel, says president
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 08:27:38 GMT
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Guards say arrests linked to Israel made after shooting of Hassan Sayad Khodayari outside his home

Iran will avenge the killing of a Revolutionary Guards colonel who was shot dead in Tehran, President Ebrahim Raisi has said.

Col Hassan Sayad Khodayari was killed on Sunday outside his home by assailants on motorcycles. Iran blamed aelements linked to the global arrogancea, its term for the US and its allies including Israel.

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US economy is on a downhill slide. But Republicans canat fix it, Biden warns
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 07:00:11 GMT
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The president says frustrated Americans ahave a choice between two pathsa but that the GOP is not focused on fighting inflation

On a recent visit to a family farm in rural Illinois, thousands of miles away from the front lines of the grinding war in Ukraine, Joe Biden lashed out at his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, blaming him for destabalizing global food supplies and driving up the cost of groceries at home.

Russiaas assault on Ukraine, Biden explained after a tour of the farmas fields and grain bins, has dramatically reduced food exports from the warring nations that together supply more than a quarter of the worldas wheat, causing food prices to spiral.

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Trader Joeas workers push to unionize amid wave of organizing efforts
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 09:00:57 GMT
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Branch in Hadley, Massachusetts, would be the first unionized store out of more than 530 locations in the US

Organizers have begun a unionization campaign at the upscale supermarket chain Trader Joeas after workers at a branch in Hadley, Massachusetts, announced they were forming a union and intend to file a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to hold an election.

It would be the first unionized Trader Joeas store out of more than 530 locations in the US. Workers are organizing independently, citing the similar framework of the Amazon Labor Union, which is not affiliated with traditional, established labor unions.

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Canada storms: at least eight dead amid trail of destruction
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 03:06:41 GMT
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Huge clean-up after Ontario and Quebec hit by tornado-like weather, felling trees, uprooting utility poles and cutting power to more than 500,000

The death toll from powerful thunderstorms in Canadaas two most populous provinces has risen to at least eight, authorities said on Sunday, as emergency crews continued a massive clean-up to restore power to half a million people.

The storms, which lasted more than two hours Saturday afternoon and packed the power of a tornado, left a trail of destruction in parts of Ontario and Quebec. Wind gusts as strong as 132kmh (82mph) felled trees, uprooted electric poles and toppled many metal transmission towers, utility companies said.

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$28 for a beer? New York airports crack down on aexorbitanta food and drink
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 06:00:09 GMT
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City acts after egregious price-gouging emerged a such as $27.85 for a glass of Sam Adams beer at LaGuardia

We all expect to pay a bit extra for a beer or a sandwich at the airport. But when a glass of Samuel Adams Summer Ale costs nearly $30, things really have gotten out of control.

Thatas why New York officials have announced a crackdown on food and drink prices at the regionas airports, where vendors canat charge more than astreet pricesa a what youad pay locally outside the airport a plus 10%.

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Tiny Texas community shaken by arrest of official over cattle rustling
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 07:22:12 GMT
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Loving county judge and top official, Skeet Lee Jones, 71, is alleged to have taken stray cattle and sold them

A senior county official in west Texas has been arrested over cattle rustling in a case that has stirred up anger in the tiny community of Loving.

Skeet Lee Jones, 71, a judge and chief elected official in the county, faces three counts of theft of livestock worth less than $150,000 and one of engaging in organised criminal activity after his arrest on Friday, the sheriff of neighbouring Winkler county, Darin Mitchell, said on Sunday.

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Hepatitis cases rising among children globally but cause remains a mystery
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 06:00:10 GMT
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Researchers are investigating possible links to Covid-19, which has already been shown to cause liver problems in some patients

A dangerous and mysterious illness continues to spread among children, and so do questions over whatas causing it, including possible links to Covid-19. But itas too soon to tell what is behind the cases, experts say.

More than 600 cases of hepatitis with no known cause have been identified around the globe since October 2021, and many of the cases are in previously healthy children now stricken with severe illness.

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aRedemption is a powerful concepta: Hayden Christensen on Star Wars and daring to return as Darth Vader
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 05:00:08 GMT
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When he first portrayed Darth Vader in the much-panned Star Wars prequels 20 years ago, fans vented their anger at him. So why is he risking more in a new TV series? He talks about George Lucas, the pressures of fame and his love of bulldozers

Hayden Christensen has a confession to make. aI have a seven-year old-daughter; I have not shown her Star Wars,a the actor says, as though he has just admitted a shameful secret. aI know! I know! I feel like Iam probably dragging my feet a little bit at this point, because all of her friends have seen the movies. And, of course, sheas aware of my involvement in them.a

Christensenas hesitancy is perhaps to be expected. When he took on the roles of Anakin Skywalker and Skywalkeras later incarnation, Darth Vader, in the Star Wars prequels Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005), fans of the franchise had had a quarter of a century in which to form their ideas about the characters. And many of them couldnat stomach seeing Darth Vader portrayed as a petulant, whiny brat. Even though George Lucas had directed and co-written the movies, Christensen became the lightning rod for their resentment. aPoor Hayden. His performance is great. They just donat like the character,a Lucas said when Revenge of the Sith came out. aI think it just goes back to the sort of ownership that people feel towards these characters,a Christensen suggests today. aItas almost like public domain. These characters really do belong to everybody.a

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aThe most amazing link to our historya: the farmers reclaiming their heritage one seed at a time
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:00:53 GMT
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The Ujamaa Cooperative Farming Alliance tracks own old or rare seed varieties and supports communities of color to grow culturally relevant foods

The walls of Bonnetta Adeebas basement in a suburb of Washington DC are lined with album covers, African art, musical instruments and a a more recent addition a shelves filled with hundreds of boxes of carefully labeled seeds.

At the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Adeeb and her students at Steam Onward a a non-profit engaging underserved young people in gardening projects a were looking for ways to support their communities.

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aDawn of a new creaturea: after a vicious attack, a city ponders living with coyotes
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 08:00:44 GMT
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Dallas is home to several packs of coyotes, which can become unusually comfortable with neighbors a and on 3 May, one dragged a toddler off a porch

Even before a two-year-old was snatched from a Dallas porch by a hungry coyote, the parents in the neighborhood knew something terrible was bound to happen.

The coyotes that usually stayed in wooded areas or a nearby creekbed had been coming closer and closer. One was spotted by a doorbell camera stealing a food delivery bag off a porch. Another was seen following children on their walk to school. Another stood on an elementary school playground with a squirrel in its mouth.

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Victims of Duterteas drug war in Philippines exhumed as leases run out on their graves
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 00:00:02 GMT
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Bereaved must find funds to cremate loved ones or face having them buried in a common grave

Four white marble urns are placed on a table at the front of Panay Chapel. Itas a Sunday morning in Quezon City, and only the distant sound of an occasional passing car can be heard. Sarah Celiz steps forward from the pews and helps to cover the urns with a crisp white cloth. A wooden cross is gently placed on top.

Two of the urns contain the ashes of Celizas sons, Almon and Dicklie. They were killed, six months apart, in 2017 during Philippine president Rodrigo Duterteas so-called war on drugs, a merciless crackdown that mostly targeted young men living in poor, urban areas. Celiz, who was left caring for 12 grandchildren, could barely afford for her sons to be buried. She managed to pay about 10,000 pesos (APS150) for two temporary aapartment gravesa, concrete boxes piled as high as eight stories, in a public cemetery in Caloocan, greater Manila. The grave leases expired this year.

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Americaas billionaire class is funding anti-democratic forces | Robert Reich
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:16:53 GMT
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Billionaire donors are pushing an unsettling agenda for America a backing Trumpas lie that the 2020 election was stolen, calling for restrictions on voting and even questioning the value of democracy itself

Decades ago, Americaas monied interests bankrolled a Republican establishment that believed in fiscal conservatism, anti-communism and constitutional democracy.

Todayas billionaire class is pushing a radically anti-democratic agenda for America a backing Trumpas lie that the 2020 election was stolen, calling for restrictions on voting and even questioning the value of democracy.

The 1920s were the last decade in American history during which one could be genuinely optimistic about politics. Since 1920, the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women a two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians a have rendered the notion of acapitalist democracya into an oxymoron.

Robert Reich, a former US secretary of labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few and The Common Good. His new book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, is out now. He is a Guardian US columnist. His newsletter is at robertreich.substack.com

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We must stop letting Russia define the terms of the Ukraine crisis | Slavoj A1/2iA3/4ek
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:22:53 GMT
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A question like aDid US intelligence-sharing with Ukraine cross a line?a forgets the fact that it was Russia that crossed the line a by invading Ukraine

In recent weeks, the western public has been obsessed with the question aWhat goes on in Putinas mind?a Western pundits wonder: do the people around him tell him the whole truth? Is he ill or going insane? Are we pushing him into a corner where he will see no other way out to save face than to accelerate the conflict into a total war?

We should stop this obsession with the red line, this endless search for the right balance between support for Ukraine and avoiding total war. The ared linea is not an objective fact: Putin himself is redrawing it all the time, and we contribute to his redrawing with our reactions to Russiaas activities. A question like aDid US intelligence-sharing with Ukraine cross a line?a makes us obliterate the basic fact: it was Russia itself which crossed the line, by attacking Ukraine. So instead of perceiving ourselves as a group which just reacts to Putin as an impenetrable evil genius, we should turn the gaze back at ourselves: what do we a the afree westa a want in this affair?

Slavoj Zizek is a cultural philosopher. Heas a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University, and international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities of the University of London

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Donat believe those who say ending Roe v Wade will leave society largely intact | Laurence H Tribe
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:14:53 GMT
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If the high court adopts Alitoas draft opinion, it will be a legal tidal wave that sweeps away a swath of rights unlike anything America has ever seen

Now that the dust has begun to settle after the initial explosive news that the US supreme court is poised to overrule the right to abortion and that Justice Samuel Alitoas draft opinion in Dobbs v Jackson Womenas Health Organization represents what a majority of the court initially voted to do, among the most revealing ways to understand the devastation the court appears ready to wreak on Americaas long march toward aliberty and justice for alla is to examine the kinds of arguments being made in the opinionas defense.

The argument that such a ruling would simply return a divisive issue to the people had long since been widely dismantled. It certainly wouldnat be returned to the people most profoundly affected once women were told they may have to remain pregnant despite whatever urgent reasons they might have for seeking a safe and legal abortion. It couldnat be described as returning the abortion issue to the states, now that the possibility of a nationwide ban that the supreme court might uphold is on the horizon. And to the extent the issue is returned to the states, it would be returned to state legislatures so gerrymandered that they often represent the views of a distinct minority of the people anyway.

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Millions of dollars are flowing into US cricket. But is there a market for the sport?
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 09:00:57 GMT
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America is the largest sports market in the world. But can cricket really establish a foothold where others have failed?

Whenever the subject of cricket in the United States comes up, the same old questions are asked.

From the unlikely scenario of American kids swapping their NFL football for a cricket bat, to quizzical looks about the financial viability of the game in North America, skeptical eyebrows are usually raised.

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Premier League 2021-22 review: players of the season
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 08:00:45 GMT
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We select a few contenders for the Premier Leagueas player of the season a and invite you to have your say

In curling his first goal of the season beyond the outstretched arm of the Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul, Salah became the first player to score in the opening game of five consecutive Premier League campaigns. At the time he could have had no idea that, on the final day of the campaign, Liverpool would have already won two domestic cups, booked their place in the Champions League final and still be in contention for the title.

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French Open 2022: Anisimova knocks out Osaka, Swiatek in action a live!
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:50:21 GMT
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Anisimova starts with an ace, then Osaka can only hit the net cord. Itas 30-0. Deep breaths, and then a crashing winner for three match points. The first sees Osaka tee up a smash Anisimova doesnat complete. Then she crashes into the net. Roars of encouragement on the next point, and with a backhand, the four-time grand slam winner is out. Osaka was rusty, and came up against a talented opponent playing high-quality tennis.

Osaka double faults again, to let Anisimova back into the game, but then the New Jersey girl makes a mess of a chance to hit a winner. She must now serve out the set. Both players look very nervy. 5-4 in the second set, Anisimova leads 1-0.

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Liverpool sign FA!bio Carvalho from Fulham for APS5m plus add-ons
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 09:06:33 GMT
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  • Nineteen-year-old attacking midfielder will arrive on 1 July
  • Fee could rise to APS7.7m and Fulham have 20% sell-on clause

Liverpool have confirmed Fulhamas attacking midfielder FA!bio Carvalho will join them on 1 July. The 19-year-old is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Anfield club and will cost APS5m plus add-ons.

Jurgen Klopp wanted to sign the Portugal under-21 international in January but, despite agreeing personal terms and the player completing a medical, the deal did not get over the line on deadline day.

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Kylian MbappA(c) saga shows footballas power lies with players, not clubs | Sean Ingle
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 07:00:11 GMT
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MbappA(c) staying in Paris has angered Real Madrid and La Liga but PSG argue the eye-watering numbers add up in their favour

So whose side are you on in the fallout following Kylian MbappA(c)as decision to stay with Paris Saint-Germain? Watching the extraordinary outrage in Spain, with the press accusing the Frenchman of lacking class and La Liga branding the deal as ascandalousa, has raised eyebrows. But not as many as PSG being able to stump up a a!200m-plus package for the worldas best player a despite making a a!224m loss last year.

There are no good guys here, only a gnawing unease that the laws of economic gravity are being defied to the further detriment of the game we love. As La Liga put it in an unprecedented attack, the transfer showed that state-owned clubs, such as the Qatar-run PSG, ado not respect and do not want to respect the rules of a sector as important as footballa and that asporting integritya was at stake.

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A travesty in Turkey: the Gezi Park trials | podcast
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 02:00:04 GMT
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Eight human rights activists have been given long prison sentences for anti-government protests in Turkey. Sami Kent reports

A prominent philanthropist and seven other human rights activists have been found guilty in a Turkish court of charges related to the Gezi Park protests in 2013 and the failed coup attempt in 2016.

Sami Kent tells Michael Safi that laws intended to prosecute people charged with violently overthrowing the Turkish state have been used to criminalise non-violent protesters who opposed the government.

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Beyond The Scream: why Edvard Munch was no one-hit wonder
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 07:00:10 GMT
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The first showing outside Scandinavia of a collection of the Norwegian masteras lesser-known works presents an artist aiming to present the full spectrum of profound human emotions

Few artists are as strongly associated with a single painting as Edvard Munch is with The Scream. Even before its endless memeability became apparent it was as much a fixture of popular culture as of art history. But there has always been more to Munch than his most famous work, and a new show at Londonas Courtauld Gallery gives a rare chance to trace his wider career.

The exhibition comes from the collection of Norwegian industrialist Rasmus Meyer, who discovered Munchas work in the early years of the 20th century and soon became an avid supporter and collector, going on to buy paintings directly from Munchas studio, the paint almost still wet, as the saying goes. This is the first time his collection, held in the Kode art museum in Bergen, has been shown together outside Scandinavia. It takes work from the 1880s, when Munch was the rising star of Norwegian art, through his agolden decadea of the 1890s a when he developed his characteristic style and produced what became known as his The Frieze of Life series, including various iterations of The Scream a and into the 20th century.

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PM has afrank and very positivea call with Johnson a as it happend
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 08:28:43 GMT
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Anthony Albanese has spoken to the British prime minister on his flight to the Quad meeting in Tokyo after being sworn in, along with four senior ministers; Monique Ryan says awork begins anewa after Josh Frydenberg concedes; Dave Sharma concedes Wentworth; nation records at least 11 Covid deaths. This blog is now closed

And lastly, Ryan is asked what her view will be if Peter Dutton wins leadership of the Liberal party:

From my point of view, Iam a sort of centrist politician and I have been elected in that way by the people of Kooyong.

Taking the Liberal party further to the right I donat think would resonate well in Kooyong. And I think members of other electorates around Australia would have that concern as well.

I think that the population of Australia expects better from its government.

This is a government that hasnat held women safe in its own workplace. Itas a government that has seen an increase in homelessness from women over 50.

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Davos day one: Zelenskiy calls for maximum sanctions against Russia, and frozen Russian assets to fund reconstruction a business live
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 10:38:09 GMT
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Rolling coverage of the first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy will soon address the World Economic Forum by videolink.

The large, main Congress Hall here at Davos is packed out in readiness.

aThis used to be the Russian House in Davos. Now itas the Russian War Crimes House in Davos.a

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MA(c)decins Sans FrontiA"res pulls images of teenage rape survivor after outcry
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 06:00:09 GMT
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NGO takes down photos of girl, 16, from DRC from website after critics call them unethical and racist

MA(c)decins Sans FrontiA"res has removed photographs of a teenage rape survivor from its website after criticism that the images were unethical and racist.

MSF took down two photos of a 16-year-old girl from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who was gang-raped by three armed men afterphotographers, activists and human rights lawyers condemned the images on Twitter.

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Peter the Great statue, Vladimir Putinas gift to Londoners, damaged in attempted robbery
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 07:00:11 GMT
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Russian embassy may be asked to pick up bill to repair tribute to Russian presidentas hero, gifted during 2003 visit

A statue of Peter the Great in Deptford, south London, that Vladimir Putinas government gifted to the UK has been damaged in an attempted robbery, leaving a diplomatically awkward repair bill of thousands of pounds.

Millennium Quay, the owners of the Thames-side housing estatethat surrounds the statue, suggested the Russian embassy could pick up the tab. The embassy has not responded to requests for comment.

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aLike them, weare fragilea: how Randall Poster assembled his star-packed birdsong project
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 05:28:08 GMT
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The esteemed music supervisor enlisted stars such as Mark Ronson, Nick Cave, Beck, Sean Penn and Tilda Swinton for an ambitious new project

In the early days of Covid, when lockdowns held tight, even the loudest cities fell into silence. With all that clamor cleared away, other sounds filled the air. For New York City native Randall Poster, the most enchanting of them came from the hawks, cuckoos and warblers that could finally be heard above the din. aAmid the quiet, I became more aware of all the birdsong around us,a Poster told the Guardian. aAlso, during a time when so much was unknown and dark, looking out the window and watching natureas creatures continuing to thrive was comforting.a

It was also inspiring. For Poster, one of the film worldas most prominent music supervisors who has worked with directors like Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese and Todd Haynes, the hoots and caws of birds inspired him to ask his wide range of musical contacts if they would be interested in creating their own odes to aviary life.

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A Ukrainian soldier uploaded all his photos of Azovstal before he was captured. Here they are
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 09:39:13 GMT
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Dmytro Kozatsky, Azov Regiment fighter and photographer, documented the siege of the Azovstal metalworks. Before his capture he posted his pictures on social media, asking that they be shared as widely as possible. This is some of his work showing the realities of life during the battle. The Azov regiment retains some far-right affiliations

Warning: this gallery contains images some people may find upsetting

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A year on the River Thames, part one a in pictures
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 06:00:09 GMT
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The first in a series of photo essays looking at a year in the life of the great River Thames. Jill Mead, a longtime London resident and urban photographer, takes a look at the many sides and seasons of the waterway

After my initial elation on receiving an email from work suggesting a year-long project photographing the River Thames, from its source to the sea, I wondered whether I was given this project to lift my spirits. It had been a tough eight months: tragic sibling loss, parental loss, aprecarious finances, family illness.

But something only two minutes from my door seemed to help: the River Thames. Iave always headed to the river: on it, in it, across it, cycling next to it. Itas always been where I liked to wander.

Dawn of the spring equinox at Tower Bridge, London.

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Elizabeth line: Crossrail complete after decades of struggle a a photo essay
Date: Mon, 23 May 2022 09:40:33 GMT
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After years of knockbacks and fights over funding, this amazing feat of engineering is ready to open

Almost four decades elapsed between the first official proposals for an east-west aCrossraila line under London, and the start of construction works for what would eventually become the Elizabeth line. After the knockbacks and political fights over who should pay for such an ambitious scheme, the actual physical work a above and below ground a would take only a relatively short 13 years.

The feats of engineering required quickly grabbed public imagination a mainly positively. The first official building work was in May 2009, when piles were driven into the ground at Canary Wharf, and excavation started for one of the first huge box-stations. Less popular was the demolition of the Astoria music venue in the heart of the West End, as Tottenham Court Road was cleared for redevelopment.

Construction workers on the early Crossrail construction site at Tottenham Court Road tube station 27 October 2009.

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